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Man pleads in Salem stabbing

LISBON — A Salem man pleaded guilty this week in Common Pleas Court to charges related to stabbing two people he knew in Salem last summer. Ryan D. Wilson, 29, Barclay Avenue, Salem, pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony tampering with evidence charge and two counts of felonious assault, ...

SMARTS gets $50,000 grant

SMARTS (Students Motivated by the ARTS) will receive $50,000 in federal relief funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Youngstown-based community art school was one of the 855 organizations to be funded out of ...

Liberty considers touch-free tech in its buildings

LIBERTY — Township officials are looking at using the $160,000 in CARES Act funds the township has received to have “touch free” entrance doors and restrooms at the township administration building. Trustee Chairman Arnold Clebone said at Thursday’s special meeting the money needs to ...

Youngstown woman wins $184,000

YOUNGSTOWN — Lynn Henry of Youngstown had more than Independence Day to celebrate on Saturday. She won $184,000 in the Rolling Cash 5 drawing on July 4. Henry will receive $132,480 after mandatory state and federal tax withholdings. She bought her ticket at Raccoon Road Drive Thru in ...

Senator to GM: Invest in LMC

LORDSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants General Motors to invest in Lordstown Motors Corp. and its manufacturing plant, GM’s former Lordstown assembly facility, where the startup will build its all-electric Endurance pickup truck. “I think it makes all the sense in the world because ...

Summer surge in Ohio COVID cases expands

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t slowing down in Ohio with 1,277 new cases reported Wednesday — the fourth-most ever. During the last eight days, the number of reported cases has eclipsed 926 each day except for Monday when it was 805. In that time, more than 1,000 cases were reported on ...

Woman who revived Idora Park carousel dies

Jane Walentas, an artist, philanthropist, creator and designer perhaps best known locally for painstakingly restoring an iconic amusement ride, has died. Walentas, who operated Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn, N.Y., died Sunday at age 76 after a battle with cancer, according to the Brooklyn ...

Valley theater leaders call for action

In 2017, Selena Phillips appeared in Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “August: Osage County,” playing a teenager who is sexually assaulted by her aunt’s fiance. Two months later, during a production of “Young Frankenstein,” Phillips, a Youngstown native who now lives in ...

Youngstown man wanted for assault at work

STRUTHERS — A Youngstown man is facing assault charges after being accused of striking an employee and breaking her jaw while being trained. A warrant has been issued for Eddie Crook Jr., 28, after police say he punched a 33-year-old woman training him to operate equipment at Astro ...

YPD officer takes promotion issue to supreme court

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Detective Sgt. Michael R. Cox, passed over for a promotion for lieutenant, filed with the Ohio Supreme Court asking it to compel the city’s Civil Service Commission to rule on his appeal — something it’s refused to do for more than a year. Cox has made numerous ...